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Old 04-16-2012, 05:12
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I had asked a chinese ribbon supplier if they had a licence to sell me certain ribbons and their response was they print the ribbon but their customers have the licence. But if you don't ask they will sell you the ribbon. A lot of the ribbons are printed illegally.
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I am going to have a Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse party for my twins in August, so I have been searching all week for items to decorate the party.
There are tons of things. There are clothes, cards, things to put in the cake,decoration, etc. Everything is inspired, so I guess that using the word inspired on the listings is the key.

I ordered some Lalaloopsy resins and I am going to make the bows to sell. Please don't tell me I can't sell those. I will list as Popular doll, not the name. I have customers requesting it.

Also, how about Dr. Seuss stuff? I see a lot of dresses and bows with Dr. Seuss themes.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:38
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Default Re: Selling licensed inspired bows

Using the word "Inspired" does not make it legal. Buying the fabric or printed ribbon does not make it legal either. Most Licensed printed fabrics and ribbons are for "Personal" use.

The items listed on Ebay and Etsy are there by luck. If Disney wanted to employ people full time to search these sites you would see a lot of people getting their items taken down. Also, just because you don't put in the words Mickey Mouse, and have a black mouse silhouette, doesn't make it legal. If it is close enough for people to recognize it as MM, then it is an infringment because...

"Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's "exclusive rights", such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, spread the information contained within copyrighted works, or to make derivative works.

"derivative work is an expressive creation that includes major, copyright-protected elements of an original, previously created first work."

It's a crap shoot. If you are lucky it stays up, if not....it is because...
"The enforcement of copyright is the responsibility of the copyright holder."
Can you imagine the manpower it would take to track everyone down on the internet??? So it is down randomly.

Same with Craft shows. Most don't care, but some Juried Craft shows will make you pull licensed products.

And like posted above, If you recognize the character, it's copyrighted.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:49
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Now that I am planning on my children party, I would be very upset if Etsy took off my favorite items just because they have the mickey or minnie silhoutte. There is no way I want to plan a party based on the things I could find at Walmart or Party City. I am so glad that there are some crafters that sell banners, cards and other parties supplies so that they can save me $250 on buying Cricut.

I understand how this licensed thing works but the true is that most licensed stuff available at the stores looks cheap. Just my opinion.
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I am going to have a Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse party for my twins in August, so I have been searching all week for items to decorate the party.
There are tons of things. There are clothes, cards, things to put in the cake,decoration, etc. Everything is inspired, so I guess that using the word inspired on the listings is the key.

I ordered some Lalaloopsy resins and I am going to make the bows to sell. Please don't tell me I can't sell those. I will list as Popular doll, not the name. I have customers requesting it.

Also, how about Dr. Seuss stuff? I see a lot of dresses and bows with Dr. Seuss themes.
It's the image they are concerned about, not just the name you give it. I had the Angry Birds listed as Mad Birds like 1/2 of the other sellers, doesn't matter.....
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